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Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - Horace Greeley Birth Place, Born Feb. 11, 1811. Amherst, New Hampshire

Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Like many New England towns, Amherst was the result of a land grant given to soldiers – in this case, to soldiers in 1728 who had participated in King Philip's War. Settled about 1733, it was first called "Narragansett Number 3" wikipedia



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Horace Greeley Birth Place, Born Feb. 11, 1811. Amherst, New Hampshire
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Horace Greeley Birth Place, Born Feb. 11, 1811. Amherst, New Hampshire
QUOHQUINNAPASSAKESSANANAGNOG River, Amherst, New Hampshire
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QUOHQUINNAPASSAKESSANANAGNOG River, Amherst, New Hampshire
Main Street, 1906
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Main Street, 1906
Cottages at Baboosic Lake, Amherst, N.H.
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Cottages at Baboosic Lake, Amherst, N.H.
Mt. Vernon St., 1908
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Mt. Vernon St., 1908
Court House
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Town House, 1910
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Town House, 1910
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Mont Vernon Street looking East, Amherst, N.H.
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Mont Vernon Street looking East, Amherst, N.H.
Wood's Cash Store, 1915
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Wood's Cash Store, 1915
Railroad Station
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High School
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1839 - Amherst
Amherst, New Hampshire
An important town, and the seat of justice in Hillsborough county, is situated on Souhegan river. It is 28 miles S. from Concord, about the same distance from Hopkinton, 47 N.W. from Boston, 40 E. from Keene, 60 S.E. from Windsor, Vt., and 484 from Washington. Souhegan is a considerable and very important stream, and in its course to the Merrimack river from this town, affords some of the finest water privileges in the county. Babboosuck, Little Babboosuck, and Jo English ponds are the largest collections of water. In some parts, and particularly on Souhegan river, the soil is of an excellent quality, producing abundant crops. In other parts, on the hills elevated above the village, the soil is of a good quality, and several valuable farms are found under good cultivation. The village is pleasant and contains many handsome buildings. There is a spacious common between the two principal rows of houses, which is often used for public purposes. There is what is... Read MORE...

1859
AMHERST, the cap. of Hillsborough co. New Hampshire, 30 m. S of Concord, on the Souhegan, a branch of the Merrimac. Pop. 1,565.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1869 - Swept Away
AMHERST AND MT. VERNON.

Thousands of dollars will be needed to repair the damage done in this town. Of bridges gone are two on the New Boston road, the one near the residence of Noah Batchelder, and the one at the foot of Trow's hill.

Of dams known to be partially or wholly lost, are, Whiting's at the mill in this village, Jotham Hartshorn's in the west part of the town, the dam at Trow's mill, (above Hartshorn's in Mont Vernon.) and that at Stickney's mill, a mile below this village.

The loss at the Hartshorn mill is mainly in lumber, some 150,000 feet having been swept away. A new wagon loaded with lumber for delivery, was carried off and made a perfect wreck.

The greatest loss, however, in this immediate neighborhood, to dams and mills, is at the Trow mill, Mont Vernon, the dam, mill, and a two story box shop being all swept away and entirety destroyed. The loss is estimated at $3,000. Mr. Trow had a very narrow escape, passing out of the mill just before it... Read MORE...

1895 - Amherst
Amherst, a post-village of Hillsborough co., N.H., is in Amherst township, about 28 miles S. by W. from Concord, and 52 miles N.W. of Boston. It is nearly 4 miles N. of Amherst Station on the Boston, Lowell & Nashua Railroad. One weekly paper is published here. It has 3 churches, a high school, and manufactures of essences, flour, picture frames, &c. Pop. of township, 1353.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Amherst has something for everyone. Let's dive into some of the best places to go and things to do in this lovely town:
Peabody Mill Environmental Center:
If you're a nature enthusiast, the Peabody Mill Environmental Center is a must-visit. It offers trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. It's a great place for hiking, birdwatching, or just enjoying the tranquility of nature.

Baboosic Lake:
In the warmer months, Baboosic Lake is the place to be. You can enjoy swimming, fishing, and picnicking by the shore. The scenic views make it a perfect spot for a relaxing day out with family or friends.

Amherst Village Historic District:
Take a stroll through the Amherst Village Historic District to experience the town's rich history. The beautifully preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone streets provide a charming backdrop for your walk. Stop by the village green for a peaceful break.

LaBelle Winery:
For wine enthusiasts, LaBelle Winery is a gem. Take a tour of the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and of course, indulge in some wine tasting. The winery often hosts... Read MORE...

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